The Italian Riviera and Amalfi Coast
Iconic and Idyllic
Stretching from the hills of Tuscany to the French border, the Ligurian Riviera, or Italian Riviera, encompasses some of Italy's most famous coastlines. The beautiful harbour village of Portofino, the traditional cliff-side villages of Levanto and Monterosso al Mare along the evocative Cinque Terre and the region's capital, Genoa, also known as la Superba (the Superb one) because of the sheer range of impressive landmarks within its border, are some of the many highlights dotted along the stunning stretch of coast.
Basking in the Mediterranean sunshine, the southern cities of Naples and Sorrento guard an equally impressive stretch of coastline, the Amalfi Coast, home to some of Italy's most recognised seaside towns and villages, such as Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. Once a series of sleepy fishing villages, The Amalfi Coast is now designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its great physical beauty and natural diversity.
Today, tourism is the major industry on both the Italian Riviera and the Amalfi Coast, and for good reason; the Mediterranean sunshine, small secluded beaches, the romance of the whitewashed walls and red-clay rooftops of buildings, clinging to the cliff walls, all help create an entirely unique, and essential Italian set of destinations.
- Sunshine in a Bottle: Made from Sorrento lemons, one of the Amalfi Coast's most popular after-dinner tipples is Limoncello liqueur.
- Don't Get A Paper Cut: Amalfi was one of the first paper-making centres in Europe; its history is recorded at the Museum of Handmade Paper, housed in an old paper mill.
- A Little Bit Cheesy: The Campania region is famous for its Mozzarella Di Bufala and is not to be missed. Try it with a drizzle of olive oil and black pepper - simply delicious!